Motorcycle Accidents Are Commonly Deadly
Motorcyclists are at a higher risk of being involved in an accident. Accidents occur frequently on Kentucky roads. Sometimes an accident can only involve the biker, but accidents between a motorcycle and a vehicle are more frequent.
According to the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety about 50 percent of motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle. Roughly 40 percent of accidents are the result of a car turning left in front of the biker. Left hand turns in front of a motorcycle are not the only cause of crashes, however. Other causes can include distracted driving, a rear-end collision, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, inexperienced bikers, side swiping the motorcycle, driver inattention, speeding, and road, and weather conditions.
Motorcycle collisions are deadly. Bikers do not have the same protections as drivers in their vehicles.
Head-on collisions account for over half of all deaths of the biker and/or their passenger, for instance.
In nearly 40 percent of all crashes, other vehicles hit a motorcyclist in a number of ways, including when the biker is passing a vehicle, when the motorcycle is trying to overtake a vehicle and when the biker is riding straight through an intersection.
Another common type of motorcycle accident occurs when bikers lane split. A motorcycle can lane split, or drive between two lanes of slow moving or stopped vehicles. Often, motorists do not see or check for passing motorcycles.
Have you or someone you love been hurt in a motorcycle accident? Have you lost a loved one? Call Hessig & Pohl today to find out your legal rights and what you can do to obtain compensation for your loss. Call for a free consultation at (502) 777-1111.